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It's Never Easy Being Cheesy Enhanced, Import

3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review

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Asian edition of 2004 album includes 2 enhanced videos for 'Fast Food Song' & 'Say Cheese! (Smile Please)'. Avex.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. It's Never Easy Being Cheesy
  2. Fast Food Song
  3. Say Cheese! (Smile Please)
  4. I'm Not Going To Tell You Again
  5. Running Rings Around My Heart
  6. Sail Away
  7. Unforgettable
  8. 9 Times Out Of 10
  9. Rocker's Carnival
  10. Ghostbusters
  11. Kiss Me Quick
  12. Strut Your Funky Stuff
  13. Adventure
  14. Stompin'
  15. One Step Away From Love
  16. Fast Food Song (Video)
  17. Say Cheese! (Smile Please) (Video)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 20, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Import
  • Label: Avex Trax Japan
  • ASIN: B000244EB0
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,271,752 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
Behold, corporate pop at its worst.

Being fair, the album's single (the imaginatively titled "Fast Food Song") is catchy and fun (well, fun-ish), but the rest of the CD is the exemplar of saccharine, committee-produced, ultra-processed pop music. Absolutely horrible. Let's face it, this band was produced as a gimmicky, throwaway pop act just to create the single, so the rest of the album is filler. Filler in the worst possible way. You get 13 inane filler tracks generated by either a computer algorithm or a very cynical person as a practical joke. They're completely unlistenable.

It's tempting to call this the musical equivalent of fast food, because of the context, but at least fast food provides a non-zero amount of nourishment. This is more like musical styrofoam. Musical depleted uranium. Musical dysentery.

While I'm still not inured to the music on this CD, and true, I'd rather cut off my foot with a spoon than listen to it again, I need to admit that I still keep it around, as a weapon of sorts, just to inflict upon people at those appropriate moments. Suddenly the music becomes tolerable, in a meta-humor sort of way. Do you have some unwanted guests? Are in-laws over-staying their welcome? Looking to create a memorable moment at your ex-girlfriend's wedding? Just breakout this weaponized pop music and play a few (or many) choice tracks; enjoy the spectacle of watching everyone cringe, or fidget uncomfortably, or even wallow in mental anguish. Everyone's reaction is unique, like beautiful Lovecraftian snowflakes.

There aren't many CDs that evoke this response, and for that I give it three stars.
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